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We frequently contribute to media reports relating to our research and contemporary debates about health and health equity, including major articles in newspapers and magazines.

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Life and Other Catastrophes on ABC Radio Melbourne

Professor Jane Fisher has a regular segment on ABC Radio Melbourne's Drive with Rafael Epstein – Life and Other Catastrophes – which explores the complications that arise in our relationships, friendships, and daily lives.

Coronavirus lockdown takes toll on mental health, with younger people worst affected, survey finds

The largest survey of Australians' mental health during the stay-at-home restrictions found many of us felt anxious and depressed.

Read more on ABC News

Mental health

Victorians' mental health has taken a massive hit over the past four months, and data reveals more than half the population has been affected psychologically.

Watch on 9 News Melbourne

Recognising disenfranchised grief amid COVID-19

Professor Jane Fisher and Dr Maggie Kirkman discuss disenfranchised grief and its implications during and beyond COVID-19.

Read more in Monash Lens

Reaching health equity through gender competence

Professor Jane Fisher believes that equity in health outcomes – particularly women’s mental health – can be advanced through gender competence in healthcare.

Read more in Monash Lens

Dr Maggie Kirkman awarded inaugural Champion for Women

We were thrilled to see Dr Maggie Kirkman honoured as one of the inaugural Champions for Women by Women's Health Victoria recently.

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Health, physiotherapy, the future and you – Transform 2019

Technology and innovation, public health interventions, the ageing population, and chronic disease prevention were key themes discussed at a plenary session by Professor Jane Fisher.

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4th European Conference on Preconception Health and Care

Dr Karin Hammarberg discussed the disconnect between the ideal biological age at which to have a baby and the increasing age of parents at conception in her keynote address.

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Monash and the Global Health Alliance call for action to reduce health impacts of climate change

The Global Health Alliance Australia and Monash University successfully launched health and climate change policy paper, ‘From Townsville to Tuvalu’ on 31 July.

Read more about the report here

19th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry

Professor Jane Fisher discusses how perinatal mental health problems among women are predominantly socially determined and how new evidence from Vietnam shows that legislation to reduce household poverty and making domestic violence a crime have led to a reduction in population level perinatal mental health.

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Endometriosis – finally, sufferers are getting the attention they deserve

Endometriosis sufferers are, for the first time, getting the attention they deserve. Celebrity disclosures, a UK petition to parliament supporting recognition of the condition as a disability, and social media have brought it to prominent public attention.

Read more in Monash Lens

Should you freeze your eggs? IVF websites don't crack the surface

Dr Karin Hammarberg was recently interviewed by the SMH about a study auditing and rating egg-freezing information on Australia's largest fertility clinics.

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Mental health and the coronavirus: How COVID-19 is affecting us

Jane Fisher and Maggie Kirkman discuss the latest findings from their national survey into the mental health of Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more in Monash Lens

The big question you should be asking your friends and family right now

ABC opinion piece from Professor Jane Fisher.

Read it on ABC News Online

So, you're planning on getting pregnant this year

If you started 2020 with a plan to conceive, you may be feeling nervous due to COVID-19. So how safe is it to try for a baby at the moment? And what are some of the things you should consider?

Dr Karin Hammarberg explains in The Age

IVF is changing now clinics have reopened. Here's what to expect during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Karin Hammarberg discusses the differences between states and the changes in care for people undergoing IVF during the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more in The Conversation

Mental health and COVID-19 – how the coronavirus is affecting our way of life

Professor Jane Fisher discusses Monash University's launch of a major national survey to assess how the nation is coping with the effects of coronavirus.

Read more on ABC Online

How are you? Living with COVID-19 restrictions in Australia

Professor Jane Fisher discusses the launch of an online survey, aimed at capturing the mental health effects of the COVID-19 restrictions in Australia.

Read more in Monash Lens

'Do you want to have kids in the future?' education poster aims to improve fertility awareness

Fertility education experts have launched an educational poster which details what people can do to have the best chance of having a healthy child.

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Dr Maggie Kirkman discusses ageism and women’s mental health at Women’s Health Grampians meeting

Sexism, ageism and support for women to age well were key themes covered by Dr Maggie Kirkman at the Women’s Health Grampians (WHG) annual general meeting.

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Professor Jane Fisher appointed Deputy Chair of Global Health Alliance Australia

Established in 2016, Global Health Alliance Australia is a peak body aimed at advancing sustainable development through improved health equity and health security in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Symposium enables women’s health knowledge sharing in Japan

In August, a delegation of doctors, midwives, university lecturers and students from Japan learnt about the latest in the prevention of women’s health problems, research methods, and online resources for health promotion.

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